What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Traveler's Quest is a location-based treasure hunt game. Users can discover hidden "treasure" using the app, which looks for buried virtual items such as the "hat of illusion" or "the lagoon" near your physical location. Similarly, they can "bury" treasure they have found for others to find. While the game does require location tracking to be turned on, it does not require the user to provide any personal information and does not transmit any information to other players. Players can also purchase upgrades in the game using real-world cash. It's relatively active for an iDevice game, as you can't progress far by sitting on a couch. You'll need to get up and explore to gain points.
Is it any good?
Traveler's Quest is an oddity in the iOS world -- a massively multiplayer single-player game. You compete mainly against yourself (although there is Game Center ranking) to find buried "treasure" (and bury it yourself) in your neighborhood and wherever you might roam. The game makes finding hidden items easy, but if you're the one burying the treasure, you'll get gold the longer it remains hidden. While the goods are virtual, the locations are real -- and tie in with Google maps in a very innovative fashion. It's a wonderfully addictive game, but suffers greatly if there aren't many people in your area playing, since you rely on them to bury items in the first place. (Bots bury treasure occasionally, but it's much more fun when real people do so.) If you're fortunate enough to live somewhere that the playing population is thick, though, you can lose hours searching for the virtual goods.